Monthly Archives

February 2013

DIY Uncategorized

Pinterest Challenge: Polka Dot Hallway

  • By
  • February 27, 2013

The time has come for another Pinterest Challenge! I love every time these roll around because they really motivate me to get something done!!

If you’re not familiar, the lovely Katie Bower instituted this challenge as a way to get us all to stop pinning and start doing!

This time, I was feeling particularly inspired by this pin:

polka dot wallvia

I love a good polka dot pattern, and I really liked the casual feeling of this particular accent wall. So I decided to tackle it for myself!

polka dot wall

This project could not have been easier. Because I wasn’t going for any set pattern, there was no measuring or making sure that every dot was lined up. It was fantastic for this gal’s pregnancy brain…which by the way is totally a real thing.

And you know what else? This project was 100% free! I used the same foil tape that I used for this project, and on my gift wrapping at Christmas time, and on our nursery curtains! I’m really making that roll of  tape DO WERK!!

polka dot wall_2

There’s really no tutorial necessary for this particular project, I simply cut out two different sizes of circles and slapped them up in the hallway between our guest bedroom, guest bathroom, and the nursery.

I love the playfulness it adds to what would normally be a forgotten space!

Have you guys been spicing up any bland walls lately? What are your favorite wall treatment ideas?

Linking up to the Pinterest Challenge with Megan (The Remodeled Life)Katie (Bower Power),Sherry (Young House Love) and Michelle (Decor and the Dog).

 

7 Comments
Bloggy Stuff Features Uncategorized

Is This Real Life?

  • By
  • February 26, 2013

I didn’t start blogging with the intention of gaining a lot of followers or ever even getting noticed, really. I started it as a way to motivate myself to do some of the projects I had floating around in my head. And I fell in love with it from the very first time I hit ‘Publish’. I instantly loved the creative outlet it gave me and so many people (both those I knew and those I didn’t know) were supportive of it. And I’ve SO enjoyed watching it grow little by little and I’m very thankful for each of the opportunities that’s come my way because of this blog. I could do it without all of YOU!

Ok, enough gushing.

I was recently browsing through my traffic sources on Google Analytics and I saw a referral from Apartment Therapy. My first thought was, “That can’t be right.” So I clicked over only to see that someone nominated this little ol’ blog for a Homie!

Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 9.08.44 PM

If you don’t know what The Homies are…they are a super awesome award for Home and DIY bloggers. Basically The Oscars of the bloggy world. And not only did someone nominate me, but TWO whole other people voted for me!

Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 9.08.29 PM

Now obviously I was nowhere CLOSE to winning, but I am seriously over the moon just to be in the same list with all those other awesome bloggers. Seriously…it’s crazytown. So a huge resounding THANK YOU to whichever one of you sweet readers nominated me…you made my week for sure!!

And just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, the nursery was featured on Apartment Therapy on Friday! Picture my 9-month preggo self doing the running man dance when I found out about that one. Pure hilarity, I tell ya.

So for those of you who may be new here: welcome to the family! You can check out my About Me page to get to know me a little better!!

And for those of you who have been long time readers, I’m giving you all virtual bear hugs…well on second thought, my belly is really huge and you probably couldn’t fit your arms around me…sooooo…virtual high five instead!

5 Comments
Before & After DIY Uncategorized

Our Nursery: The Source List

  • By
  • February 18, 2013

Thank you all so much for all the nice feedback on our nursery…I’m so glad you all liked it!

Today I’m going to break down the budget and source list for you guys so if you’re wondering where we got something, look no further!

nursery_2

  • Paint: Rocky Bluffs by Valspar – lightened by 25% and Semi Sweet by Valspar ($54)
  • Crib: BuyBuyBaby (gift)
  • Crib skirt: DIY using this tutorial ($8)
  • Glider: Target (gift)
  • Changing table: Craigslist ($30)
  • Curtains: Target (we got ours on sale for $29..you can check out how I spiced them up here)
  • Storage boxes under the changing table: IKEA ($21)
  • Rug: RugsUSA ($106)
  • Floor lamp: Target (I can’t find our exact one online but it was $50)
  • Planet mobile: PBKids (gift)
  • Planet wall: DIY
  • Drum flush mount (not pictured): PBKids (gift)

nursery_12

nursery_10

  • Futon: Target (can’t find it online anymore; $110)

nursery_7

  • Art:  here, here, and here ($87)
  • Accessories: various places (~$60)
  • TOTAL COST: $526

Obviously, we were very lucky to have such wonderful family willing to pitch in and help buy some of the big ticket items. If there’s anything in particular you’re curious about that wasn’t mentioned here, just ask!

And BIG thanks to Tatertots and Jello and DIYNewlyweds for featuring my little nursery makeover!!

5 Comments
Before & After DIY Uncategorized

Nursery Reveal!

  • By
  • February 15, 2013

It’s here, it’s here! Finally time to show you guys the nursery, wahoo!!! We’ve spent the last 3 months getting everything together and I am SO happy with the outcome.

Way back when, I shared our plan for the nursery and how we were going to give it an outer space feel as inspired by this mood board from LayBabyLay.

rocket-baby

I don’t want to keep you all waiting anymore…let’s dive right into the good stuff: the pictures!

nursery

nursery_4

nursery_2

nursery_3

I made the crib skirt using this tutorial from YHL. Wanna know a secret? There was no sewing involved!

nursery_5

nursery_6

Obviously there will be a changing pad on the changing table…hoping to pick it up at our baby shower this weekend!

nursery_7

nursery_8

nursery_9

The ‘3’ was the same one we used in this picture to announce our pregnancy to our families.

nursery_9

Some of the little details in the room are my favorite. For example, check out this adorable nightlight:

nursery_12

Right?!

nursery_10

This is the view sitting in the glider..the futon will serve as extra seating and an extra place for guests to sleep. We also intend to flank the large print with pictures of our little man once he gets here. And yes, some of you readers might be getting your first peek at his name 😉

nursery_11

I designed this print myself and had it printed at Staples. I am totally in love with how it turned out!

Now that this room is complete, I cannot WAIT to bring home our little dude. And we have our first baby shower tomorrow, so I’m totally pumped!

I’ll be back on Monday with a cost breakdown and source list (if there’s something in particular you’re wondering about, please let me know!) Until then, have a great weekend lemon-droppers!

Linking up at Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick, View Along The Way, Tatertots & JelloDesign, Dining, + Diapers

108 Comments
Just for Fun Uncategorized

Scoop Scoop Ba-Doop

  • By
  • February 8, 2013

You guys, today I’m recommending my new favorite camera accessory. I would never claim to be a professional photographer..I enjoy taking photos, but there’s SO much I don’t know. But I’ve discovered a new (to me, at least) tool that is already making a huge difference in my pictures!

Meet Professor Kobre’s LightScoop

31X6DwQdMxL._SL500_AA300_

I think we’ve all heard before that if you want beautiful, natural looking photos, using the flash on your camera is a no-no. It adds a harsh, unnatural lighting that often washes things out and causes weird shadows or red-eye (if you’re photographing people). But when you have very little natural light to begin with, what are you supposed to do?

I experience this a lot because I usually can’t photograph my projects for the blog in the middle of the day when the natural lighting is at its’ peak. If I can’t photograph my projects on the weekends when I’m free, then it has to wait until I get home from work. And with it being winter and all, sometimes it’s fairly dark by the time I get home.

Enter the LightScoop. Basically it works with the pop-up flash on your DSLR. However, it bounces the light from the flash so that you don’t get that harsh, direct lighting. I was a little skeptical at first, but now that I’ve used it, I’m a believer!!

Let me show you what I’m talking about.

My mantel has always been a problem-child to photograph. There’s a semi-circle inset over our mantel and while it gives me a little more decorating room, it’s SO hard to get a good picture of. It never gets direct natural lighting so no matter what time of day it is, there’s always some shadows in the inset. But I’m happy to report that the LightScoop definitely made a difference! See for yourself:

mantel before and after

Both these photos were taken around the same time of day..see how much better the bottom one is? There’s still some shadowing, but it’s MUCH better. The colors are much more true to life and it just looks lighter & brighter overall.

So if you’re looking to improve your photos, this is definitely one tool I would recommend adding to your arsenal! And at only $30, it’s not an expensive investment. Also, I’m not being paid to perk LightScoop at all, it’s just something I’ve found and liked!

PS – Thanks to everyone that entered the chevron bag giveaway. The winner is Kerry! Congrats! Your bag will be on its’ way to you soon 🙂

 

1 Comment
DIY Uncategorized

How To Hang A Large Picture (By Yourself!)

  • By
  • February 4, 2013

Ya know what’s frustrating? A seemingly simple task that turns out to be more complicated than you think. Case in point: hanging a sizeable picture. Making sure it’s level can prove to be difficult, especially if you’re trying to do it by yourself. So I’m going to let you in on how I do it! I realize this may seem like a super basic tip, but I wish I’d known this a long time ago!!

First, stretch a piece of tape across the back of whatever you’re hanging and make sure that is covers the hangers themselves.

how to hang a picture

Then poke the nails through the tape to where the hangers are.

how to hang a picture_2

Remove the tape and then put it on the wall. Use a level to make sure it’s…ya know…level.

how to hang a picture_3

Once it’s level, go ahead and hammer your nails through the holes you made in the tape.

how to hang a picture_4

Tear off your tape (you can tear it off right over the nails) and voila! Two perfectly level nails from which to hang your picture. Hang your mirror/picture/canvas and you’re good to go! Although if you have terrible depth perception like me, getting the hangers to actually sit on the nails can prove to be a difficult task all on its’ own. Seriously, I just put the picture flat against the wall and drag it up and down until it catches…which sometimes takes a while.

how to hang a picture_5

Sorry, guys..I can’t reveal the full picture just yet. But you shall see it very soon!

2 Comments
Bloggy Stuff Uncategorized

New Sponsor & A Giveaway!

  • By
  • February 1, 2013

I am SO excited to announce Lemon Drop Life’s very first sponsor: SewMyBliss. The shop owner, Megan is a personal friend, and she opened up her Etsy shop a few short months ago. She’s a wizard behind a sewing machine (seriously, I’m thinking of commissioning some sewing lessons from her) and makes all sorts of cute stuff.

sewmybliss
Like these zippered pouches, for instance.

zippered pouch
Isn’t the pattern fun?

And for all you moms with doll-lovin’ kiddos, she also specializes in custom doll clothes. I can practically hear all the little girls squeal through the computer screen!

doll clothes
AND she’s SO awesome, that she’s giving away one of her messenger bags to a lucky reader! Click over using the link below the picture to see all the details for this adorable bag!! She’s also offering FREE shipping for all my readers when you use the code ‘lemondroplife’ at checkout..so hop over there and scoop up something cute!

yellow messenger bagChevron Messenger Bag

You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

6 Comments